A string quartet receives four Strads to playmain
The Kuss Quartet have been loaned four Paganini Stradivarius instruments by the Nippon Foundation to play the complete Beethoven Cycle in Tokyo, at Suntory Hall and for a recording.
On May 27 they will try out the instruments at Wigmore for a 1pm BBC concert.
Violist Will Coleman tells Slipped Disc: ‘It’s totally thrilling – the sound makes you see totally new possibilities – new thought and colour.
‘Haunting, ghost-like sounds float out, and then a moment later the most human, from-the-stomach, depth of sound.